Triumph over tragedy was a revolving theme in 2011. Unfortunate as it may be, the tragedies of others brought awareness to the masses. Here is a brief look back on some headlines which brought awareness to effects of domestic violence in financially challenged and upscale homes, on the child witness and victim, on the man and woman, and on the offender and the victim.
Domestic Violence: Why don’t they just leave?
Domestic violence, or maybe better a term is attempted murder, is a very serious and painful situation for any man, woman, or child. The abuser is attempting to end the life of the victim physically, sexually, emotionally, financially, psychologically, socially, spiritually, or through any combination thereof. The eye-witnesses and those who support the victims must not be forgotten as living through a form of victimization themselves. The most popular question is: “Why don’t they just leave?” Read more of Domestic Violence: Why don’t they just leave?
‘Upscale Violence’: Putting an end to domestic abuse
Dr. Susan Weitzman, nationally known as the leading expert on domestic violence among affluent people, is a psychotherapist, educator, researcher, national lecturer, litigation consultant, and the author. She coined the term “upscale violence” in 2001. Upscale violence encompasses victims and surviving victims of domestic violence who society considers high profile, well-educated, extremely successful, celebrity, or any combination thereof. Read more of ‘Upscale Violence’: Putting an end to domestic abuse
Walgreens VP: A personal story of childhood abuse
When domestic violence by way of child abuse enters the life of a child already disillusion by life, a double tragedy occurs. Stephen J. Pemberton, Divisional VP of Diversity and Inclusion at Walgreens, the first such person to hold that responsibility in the company’s 110 year history survived this double tragedy. Read more of Walgreens VP: A personal story of childhood abuse
From domestic violence to living my style, my way
Upscale violence survivor, Connie Elders, author of My Style, My Way, is a recognizable and popular spokesperson on the QVC shopping channel for a decade. Connie said, “I had to remove myself from being a victim and focus on becoming a survivor. In my opinion this is the only way this can be done. I am no longer worried about anyone seeing what goes on behind closed doors in my home, because it is free from abuse.” Read more of From domestic violence to living my style, my way
Children who experience and witness domestic violence
Brian F. Martin, founder of Makers of Memories, is a visionary and champion for children who experience and witness domestic violence. “Our mission is to bring positive, transformational change to children who have experienced or witnessed domestic violence. We are the only national domestic violence organization dedicated to helping children.” Mr. Martin refuses to allow society to continue to ignore the voice of the child victim. Read more of Children who experience and witness domestic violence
Gay man recounts story of child abuse, rape, bullying, and abuse
Mr. Patrick Dati is a survivor of child abuse and bullying. Mr. Dati says, “I lived most of my life hiding my identity out of shame and fear, which was due to the abuse and ceaseless sibling bullying.” His fear and shame was not connected to the harshness that can exist in society, but the terror which existed in his home. Read more of Gay man recounts story of child abuse, rape, bullying, and abuse
Terror in the home: Story of child abuse survivor,…
Here is the first hand account of Hanz Moniefiero Medina, a child witness to domestic violence and a surviving victim of child abuse. He brings awareness through his story and the story of his friends who endured similar fates and sexual assault. Read more of Terror in the home: Story of child abuse survivor,…
Child Abuse: Beyond the beating
Is spanking child abuse? If not, where should one draw the line between the two? These questions are important in the standing debate among parents, religious leaders, psychiatrists, therapists, and children on acceptable forms of child discipline. The perceptions vary dependent upon background, history of abuse for the parent or the child, culture, religious beliefs and affiliations, and more. Recently, a video of Aransas County, Texas, Court-At-Law Judge William Adams beating his daughter in 2004 was released causing outrage. Read more of Child Abuse: Beyond the beating
Church, domestic violence, and divorce
Whatever the reason, the issue of divorce plagues many churches. Is it a sin? If not, when is divorce acceptable? Is it a private matter or a church matter? The questions can go on. Whether male or female, victims of domestic violence require a special understanding. Read more of Church, domestic violence, and divorce